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Monthly Archives: October 2008

Civil Procedure – Discovery – Attorney-Client Privilege

In this suit by a nonprofit corporation claiming “identity theft” by its former executive director, an Alexandria U.S. District Court says defendants can’t use the attorney-client privilege to withhold documents plaintiff wants. Flexible Benefits Council v. Feldman (USDC-ED) (VLW 008-3-442) ...

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Judge reluctantly would allow clear-cutting

Talk about wearing your heart on your sleeve. U.S. Magistrate Judge Pamela Meade Sargent made it perfectly clear where her sentiments lie in her report and recommendation issued yesterday in the Ison Rock Ridge logging case: “To a child of ...

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Criminal – Superseding Indictment – Drug Charge – Quantity

A defendant indicted in 1999 for possession of “more than five grams of cocaine base,” who went missing until 2008, loses his motion to dismiss a superseding indictment that charged him with possession of “50 grams or more” of cocaine ...

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VBA backs Rule of Law education plan

The Virginia Bar Association Foundation plans to recruit volunteer lawyers around Virginia in a program to make sure middle school students understand the importance of the rule of law in American society. VBA President Mike Pace (left) described the program ...

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Employment – ERISA – LTD Benefits – Airline Pilot – Diabetes

An airline pilot who lost his FAA license after he became an insulin-dependent diabetic wins long-term disability benefits and attorney’s fees from a Charlottesville U.S. District Court. McIntyre v. Aetna Life Insurance Co. (USDC-WD) (VLW 008-3-451) (20 pp.)

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Discovery abuse case settled

A federal wrongful termination case noted in today’s Virginia Lawyers Weekly has been settled on undisclosed terms. The case of Spicer v. Universal Forest Products, Eastern Division, Inc. (VLW 008-3-430) featured a stinging opinion from Magistrate Judge Michael F. Urbanski ...

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Discovery abuse case settled

A federal wrongful termination case noted in today’s Virginia Lawyers Weekly has been settled on undisclosed terms. The case of Spicer v. Universal Forest Products, Eastern Division, Inc. (VLW 008-3-430) featured a stinging opinion from Magistrate Judge Michael F. Urbanski ...

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The ‘Leaders’ Class of 2008 (access required)

Virginia Lawyers Weekly is pleased to announce the Class of 2008 in the “Leaders in Law” program. The project seeks to recognize lawyers who accomplished something significant in the past year – those who changed practice, advanced the law or ...

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NoVa condo buyers stuck with deal, however bad (access required)

U.S. District Judge Gerald Bruce Lee could well understand why purchasers of condos in the Merrifield Town Center in Northern Virginia might want to get out of contracts they had signed in June 2005. “In the intervening months, our economy ...

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Providing ignorant company rep was abuse (access required)

In what could be called the “Case of the Clueless Corporate Representative,” a company sued for wrongful termination won’t be able to claim it fired a man for financial reasons. The company provided a company witness at a deposition, but ...

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